11/6/06

Contact: Linda Bell, (334) 844-6617, (belllin@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)

“THE FLEA IN HER EAR” AT AU THEATRE INAUGURATES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

AUBURN - The French farce, “The Flea In Her Ear,” opens at Auburn University Theatre at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8-10 and 14-17 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Nov. 12.

The Thursday, Nov. 9, performance marks the kickoff of the Auburn University Theatre Patron Scholarship Benefit Performance Program, which directs the proceeds from ticket sales for a particular performance in the run of every AU Theatre production to a fund dedicated exclusively to scholarships for theatre students.

First produced in Paris in 1907, “The Flea In Her Ear” still remains a favorite play in the repertory of the renowned Comedie Francaise. “Flea” had its American premiere in 1909 New York.

The play has enjoyed many adaptations over the years and Auburn University Theatre Department is fortunate to be doing a new translation by Eric Forsythe, a professor in the department Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa. Dr. Forsythe will be in residence during the run of the production and will participate in an opening night post-performance discussion with director Christopher Qualls and members of the cast immediately following the Nov. 7th performance.

Professor Qualls calls “The Flea in Her Ear” “simply the funniest play I’ve ever had the privilege of working on. I had the opportunity to perform in the play during the world premiere of this amazing new translation by Dr. Eric Forsythe. We had audience members coming back to see the show three and four times. The laughter is a workout. I’ve lost five pounds during the rehearsal process for this production of the play, and I think it’s all from laughing so much.”

In “Flea,” Victor Emmanuel Chandebise, a well-to-do businessman and faithful husband, is suspected by his wife of infidelity. That one doubt planted in his loving wife’s mind (the itching flea) quickly involves dozens of characters in a chaotic medley of slamming doors, revolving beds, mistaken identities and hilarious happenings that have kept audiences laughing for nearly 100 years.

For tickets or for more information, please call 334-844-4154.

Admission for all performances is free for AU students with a valid I.D., and the Nov. 8 performance is free to all AU faculty and staff with valid AU I.D. General admission is $20. Admission for AU faculty and staff and senior citizens is $15.

Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research institution with more than 23,500 students and 6,500 faculty and staff. Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Linda Bell.)

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